Surely, you’ve seen the trending green powders everyone is obsessing over but are they really worth the hype? Keep reading to learn more about what green powders are and why you should be using one.
What are Green Powders?
Green powders are dietary supplements that can be mixed into water or other liquids like smoothies or juice. They are typically a green hue and are formulated to support your body’s immune system and energy levels while providing the recommended amount of nutrients for a healthy diet. Although it varies by brand, green powders are commonly vegan, non-GMO, organic, and generally contain anywhere from 20-40 different ingredients, each containing their own array of beneficial health properties, hence the name “superfood”.
Some Common Ingredients Found in a Variety of Green Powders Include:
- Leafy greens
- Fruits & vegetables
- Nutritional extracts and herbs
- Added sweeteners
Our green powder, Enerfood, is vegan, non-GMO, and organic containing 20 ingredients and no added fillers or sweeteners (unlike many green powders), blended to support health and vitality in everyday modern life. These nutrient dense ingredients are a great source of calcium, iron, vitamins and minerals with no added sugars or sweeteners. Whether you have a poor diet, or love the convenience of a powder, Enerfood is a great and fast way to meet daily recommended nutritional goals. Enerfood can be taken with water or other liquids, such as smoothies. Check out some of our simple and delicious recipes! You can even sprinkle it or add it into your food.
As far as nutritional content, every brand’s green powder differs. Enerfood green powder comes with 50 servings per container and the nutrients can be broken down in the following:
One tablespoon of Enerfood contains:
- Calories: 25
- Protein: 3g
- Carbohydrates: 4g
- Sugars: 1g
- Fiber: 7% of your daily value
- Calcium: 10% of your daily value
- Vitamin A: 60% of your daily value
- Vitamin B12: 80% of your daily value
- Vitamin B6: 40% of your daily value
Why People Use Green Powders:
There are several reasons and ways to use a green powder. Many common uses for our green powder, Enerfood, include:
- To implement healthy dietary changes
- As a pre or post work out drink
- As a caffeine-free energy
- To improve athletic performance and recovery
- To aid in digestion and immunity
Now that you have more of an understanding of what green powders are, this is four reasons why you should be implementing them into your diet.
1. You are not eating enough of the right vegetables.
Eating vegetables provides our body with vital nutrients to maintain health and wellness. American adults need four-five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. According to the CDC, only 1 in 10 Americans meet this goal. In addition, many Americans, eating fruits and vegetables are often limited in their access of nutrient dense foods and tend to eat vegetables with less health benefits like corn or bell peppers rather than something like spinach or kale. This can be due to location, time of year, price, lack of knowledge, taste, etc. Meaning, people may be eating their fruits and vegetables, but they may not be eating the ones that make the most difference for their overall health. Green powders like Enerfood, use specific ingredients, picked for their benefits, and backed by research, ensuring you get the top mix of your daily nutrients, and don’t miss out on the most needed superfoods.
2. Powders are better absorbent than vitamins or capsules.
There are approximately forty micronutrients that are essential for healthy metabolism and other vital functions. You must get those nutrients from your diet because your body is unable to make enough of them on its own. However, what we eat is different from what we digest. Even the healthiest diet has no value for our body if the nutrients cannot be absorbed and transported to the cells that need them, this is where green powder steps in. Depending on things like the soil or supply chain management, the nutrition density and biodiversity of our foods can become rather low, meaning less is being absorbed into our bodies. The same problem occurs with vitamins, pills, and capsules. Factors such as the size of the nutrient particles influence our absorption. Vitamins and capsules tend to have very large and dense particles, adding difficulty to the adsorption process. In addition, they usually have a wax like barrier surrounding the vitamin, making it harder for the body to absorb the nutrients within. Green powders like Enerfood, are finely ground into small particles making it easy for your body to absorb them into the bloodstream and cells. Also, there is no barriers with green powders, like there is with vitamins, adding to the simple absorption process.
3. Green Powders offer a caffeine-free, natural energy boost.
We all love that caffeine kick but it’s never worth the caffeine come down. Many green powders claim to provide a natural energy boost, such as Enerfood powder. Every cell in the human body relies on iron and many studies have linked low iron levels to feelings of decreased energy. Enerfood contains many ingredients high in iron such as spinach and spirulina. So, when consuming iron from a natural ingredient, it naturally makes your body feel more alert, awake, and energized. Spirulina has even been known to improve endurance and contribute to combatting muscle fatigue. Enerfood is also rich in Vitamin B-1 which helps the body generate energy from nutrients. Another reason, green powders often claim to provide energy is that they contain chlorophyll. For example, in Enerfood, we use a variety of different grasses including wheat grass. Wheat grass contains around 70% of chlorophyll which has been said to give off vibrant and uplifting energy. Because of this, Enerfood green powder makes a great caffeine free alternative to an energy drink or any type of pre or post workout beverage.
4. Green powders help to boost immunity.
One of the biggest reasons green powders have become so popular is for their ability to boost immunity. Most green powders contain large amounts of vitamins and minerals that are associated with maintaining a healthy immune system. Enerfood, for example, contains Vitamin A which has been known for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as high amounts of vitamin B-12 and B6 which are important in maintaining healthy immune function. Many adults tend to be vitamin deficient as well and could benefit from a higher intake of specific vitamins, many found in green powders like Enerfood.
There are so many benefits to be had from using green powders, however there are also a lot of different brands on the market, so find one that best fits your needs. Enerfood is a supplement made for everyone including people who eat vegan and gluten-free. With 50 servings in a 14.1oz sized bag, that is a little more than $1.00 per day for powder greens, compared to many other brands that are much higher. Give it a try today and see how much you benefit from implementing a green powder like Enerfood into your diet.